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General Board / Re: Stereotype icons in RTF & HTML
« on: July 11, 2002, 06:04:37 am »

What operating system, EA build number etc. are you using.

I just tried this in a variety of ways and everything seemed fine ...

Also - what image format did you choose to output in.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Copying Deployment diagrams
« on: August 08, 2002, 04:05:47 am »
Hi Tim,

Ill make a note to look into the connector suggestion - I dont think it should be too hard.

As for the second suggestion I have currently compromised and added an 'Auto' button that will fill the name with the current counter values for the selected type if available. This will be in the next update.


General Board / Re: Copying Deployment diagrams
« on: August 02, 2002, 05:48:00 am »
HI Tim,

Yes ... I see what you mean. The problem occurs when you are doing a shallow copy ... in which case EA does not copy the full link details - so the link path defaults back to a straight line.

I think it should be possible in a Shallow Copy to recreate the custom line points - so Ill make a note to get it done as soon as possible.

Thanks for the note,
Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Page numbers in RTF document
« on: August 08, 2002, 05:05:28 pm »

Our general recommendation in working with RTF is to create a Word Document that conforms to your company standards or to your desired look and feel - with title page, table of contents, table of figures, headers, footers etc. You then link in one or more RTF files produced by EA in the order desired - make sure you link to the RTF file - rather than just 'inserting' it as is. Now you can regenerate the RTF at will - and in the Word Document, just update the linked contents to get any recent changes.

Using this approach you can customize heading styles, indentation, contents, page numbering and etc. quite easily.

I hope this helps,
Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: How to link diagrams to use cases?
« on: August 08, 2002, 07:06:43 am »

Links from elements to other diagrams -- ie. a 'See Also' type function - is definitely planned. I think a little popup list from a hot key or menu option ... which displays a list of related items. The list should also make its way into the RTF and HTML documentation.

This is a another high priority and should be available in some form soon.

Geoff sparks

General Board / Re: formatted text in Use Case notes
« on: August 08, 2002, 03:55:57 am »

We have had a lot of requests for this and I am keen to do something ... the main issues are really around using the RTF in HTML, XMI, RTF documents and ordinary edit windows. The note field show up in a lot of places - so changing it to RTF would entail a few changes.

Another thought I have played with is having tagged values for RTF content - this would allow one or more RTF text documents to be attached to an object - and conceivably be inserted into RTF documents or HTML. In this case the basic notes field would stay as it is and an RTF editor would be included to edit structured text in the form of tagged values.

As I mentioned, this is a popular request - and I promise to look into it as soon as possible.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Routed Line as default line drawing mechanism
« on: August 08, 2002, 05:00:16 pm »

The option is on the View/Options/Object page - a drop list on the right hand side. You can select Direct, Routed or Custom as the default style for new connections between objects.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Constraint tab
« on: August 08, 2002, 03:48:54 am »
Hi Jamal,

Ive had a quick look and Ill put the change in for the next build, which will be out in a few days time. We are releasing build 501 tonite, but there will probably be a maintenance release over the weekend or early next week to catch up with a few other issues. Look for build 502 or higher.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / New Automation Interface
« on: August 08, 2002, 06:07:44 am »
Hello all,

Just an update to let you know the latest build of EA - 501 - has been released - and its major feature is the inclusion of a new read/write automation interface. This is a much more detailed interface than the previous one (which is still there of course) and provides a lot more potential for scripting the inner data structures of EA.

There is an online reference to this new interface at:

Documentation for the new interface is also included in the new EA setup as a PDF document accessible from the EA Program Group in the Windows Start Menu.

Registered users can also download XMI for the model from which the above documents were generated. Check the registered user section for this link. A zip file containing the HTML docs is also available there.

Please let us know if you strike any problems or have suggestions on how to enhance this feature in the future.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Import XMI from Together 6.0 into EA
« on: August 08, 2002, 04:09:14 am »

Just a follow up on this item Having looked at the files you kindly supplied for me to test, I have made a couple of changes in EA - such that if the XMI exporter is not known, EA will assume a standard XMI 1.1 or XMI 1.0 format and attempt to import anyway. The results from the tests I have so far run have been encouraging and I will look into this some more in the next week or so.

This change will be in the 502 or higher build - out early next week I expect.

Thanks for the examples,
Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Import XMI from Together 6.0 into EA
« on: August 07, 2002, 04:58:03 am »

In general, XMI comes in two flavours .. the 1.0 and the 1.1. Of these two, the 1.0 is generally more consistent amongst tools - but differences do creep in. The 1.1 version has a few variants - and correct importing does depend on knowing which tool exported the XMI. Diagrams are not defined at all in the XMI specification - so the exact nature of how these are rendered does differ. There are a couple of DTD's floating around ... the OMG UML 1.3 DTD, a 'transitional' DTD which tends to mix XMI 1.0 and 1.1 and others.

So, even though there is an attempt at uniformity - differences do creep in.

If you could send me an example of the XMI you wish to import, I will see what matches it the best and include the importer and version in EA if possible.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Time frame for support for Version Control?
« on: August 07, 2002, 04:52:13 am »

The major things we currently have planned for the rest of 2002 mainly centre on the enabling of connectivity to alternate DBMS's - eg. SQL Server, Oracle etc., implementation of user, group, password access, version control support and ability to define patterns, profiles &etc. from diagrams.

In addition there are a lot of tweaks and smaller enhancements waiting to be done. IDL and XSD support are also planned if time permits.

Implementation of a version control system is dependent on some database changes - which will happen with the enhanced connectivity. So we expect work on the version control system to start in a couple of months time.

The finer details are not yet decided. As the export of a package to XMI is already implemented .. the ability to store that in a version control system would not be too difficult. At a finer level, the ability to export an object's XMI - including extended attributes, connections and diagram instances would be required ... and the ability to restore from the same.

Hope this gives some sense of where this is at,

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: turn off package name?
« on: August 02, 2002, 06:09:15 am »

I have enabled the turnong on or off of this display on a per diagram basis using the same option that already applies to the <from packagename> type display. It is on the diagram dialog and is a check box named "Highlight Foreign Objects". From the next build (501 or higher) on, clearing this box will cause the name to revert to the classname alone.

THis should be out next week ... we are acurrently completing work on a new automation interface with read/write capability - and there is some extensive testing to be done first.

Hope this will help,

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Pattern Support?
« on: August 02, 2002, 06:14:55 am »

Pattern support is planned for implementation later in the year. In its simplest form I would like to implement the ability to export a diagram with all contained elements and links to an XML file which may be loaded into the resource window in much the same way as a UML Profile is now. The pattern will be draggable on to an open diagram which may then be customized as required.

Geoff Sparks

General Board / Re: Comment related fixes in build 500?
« on: August 02, 2002, 05:55:44 am »

On the View/Options/C++ Code  Generation dialog there are some check boxes to choose what comment style you would prefer.

The Plain style is pretty much that
The JavaDoc style is the same as used in the Java code generator
The XML style is the same as used in the C# generator (.NET XML style)

There is also an option on the View/Options/Generation page to remove hard line breaks on import - or leave lines formatted as read. You may want to check this one as well.

Hope this helps,
Geoff Sparks

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